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. >> reporter: it was a wild day in britain's emergency session of parliament today. the focus shifted from rupert murdoch to britain's prime minister, david cameron. but the prime minister's case is about poor judgment and nothing to do with any crimes. david cameron defended himself for hiring a former editor of "news of the world" andy callson as his communications chief even though he may have known about the phone hacking. >> i have said very clearly that if it turns out andy coulson knew about the hacking at the "news of the world" he would not only have lied to me, but to the police, to a select committee, to the press complaints commission and perjuried himself in a court of law. >> reporter: cameron was advised against hiring him, did it anyway, and was forced to resign and arrested last week. he said in parliament that cameron was guilty of a gross error in judgment. >> it's not about hindsight, mr. speaker. it's not about whether mr. coulson lied to him. it's about the information and warnings that the prime minister ignored. >> reporter: cameron said if he had to do it over he w
way through great britain, where it is the story. we get to hear from rupert murdoch. tonight there's been another development in this. we begin with stephanie gosk in london. stephanie, good evening. >> good evening, brian. every day since this scandal broke, there seems to be a new bombshell. revelations, resignations, arrests. the last 24 hours is no exception. it's left people in this country wondering and worried what will happen next. london metropolitan police, the fabled scotland yard, is reeling after two sudden resignations of its most senior leadership. sir paul stephenson, the police chief, and his deputy, john yates, career policemen who are the latest casualties in the phone hacking scandal. scotland yard has been accused of mishandling the investigation into "news of the world," maintaining at times close relationships with the very people they were supposed to be investigating. police officers accepting bribes from reporters has allegedly been commonplace. stephenson and yates deny both any wrong doing on their part. >> i have acted with complete integrity and my con
cop resigned amid the phone hacking scandal in great britain. the head of the london police department, sir paul stevenson, resigned. he quit under intense pressure after it was revealed that scotland yard hired a former editor as a media consultant. that editor has also been arrested in connection with the scandal. >> i and the people who know me know that my integrity is completely intact. i may wish we'd have done some things differently, but i'll not lose any sleep over my personal integri integrity. >> british lawmakers are preparing to grill rupert and james murdoch. a parliamentary committee will question the duo about the scandal tomorrow. >>> today money will be flowing at the white house in the form of the nation's most prominent billionaires. president obama is hosting warren buffett and bill and melinda gates along with other members of the giving pledge. the giving pledge was founded by buffett and the gates family last year. it encourages america's wealthiest citizens to giving more than half their wealth to philanthropic and charitable causes. 69 individuals and their fa
of the phone hacking scandal in britain. the house of xhons wicommons wi murdoch's bid to take over broadcaster b sky b. murdoch shut down his tabloid, the "news of the world" under allegations it hacked cell phones seeking information for stories that would appear in the paper. >>> florida investigators are looking into a witness tampering allegation in the casey anthony trial. the orange county sheriff's office would not elaborate on that investigation. meanwhile, prosecutors decided against charging casey anthony's mother with perjury. cindy anthony initially told police she did not search for chloroform on the family computer, but at the trial she said she did. the jury found casey anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. she is to be released from jail on sunday. >>> the husband of a local city council member is accuseded of molesting children at his own daughter's slumber party. a judge has now referred the case to a grand jury. michael gardner is married to council member kathy gardner. girls testified that he touched three girls at his home. gardner is the father
should be wedding home to great britain this morning after wrapping up their north american trip. their final stop included two days in california, where the couple got to see two different sides of los angeles. nbc's jinah kim has more on the trip. >> reporter: the duke and duchess of cambridge ended their final day in los angeles by showing their compassionate sides. they visited inner city arts in los angeles, a nonprofit group teaching art to children who live in and around skid row. >> it is my honor to introduce his royal highness, the duke of cambrid cambridge. >> reporter: their next and final stop, a job fair for veterans at sony picture studios called hiring our heroes. >> they are the front line of a remarkable relationship between the united kingdom, the united states, and canada, which has safeguarded our freedoms for a century. >> reporter: in all, the royal newlyweds spent a little less than 48 hours in southern california but managed to pack in six major events, including a venture capital summit, a polo match, and a red carpet event with hollywood superstars. jin
of bribery and voice mail hacking that one paper has dubbed britain's watergate. three people have been arrested so far, including the paper's former editor who was once a key aide to british prime minister david cameron. tonight he is out on bail. >> it's a very sad day for the "news of the world." >> reporter: this weekend the paper's owner, the media titan rupert murdock whose holdings include the fox television network and the "wall street journal" arrived in london to deal with the crisis personally. the paper is being investigated for paying police and hacking  into people's private cell phone messages. among the alleged victims the families of fallen soldiers and victims of the 2005 london terror attack and they are accused of deleting messages from the anguished parents of a murdered 13-year-old girl. but speaking to staff this week, an executive at the paper suggested there would be more revelations of criminal activity. "i think in a year's time every single one of you in this room might come up and say, okay, well, i see what you saw now." >> reporter: tomorrow's front page
at the center of the phone hacking scandal in great britain. rupert murdoch's news corp will be called on to withdraw its bid for british broadcaster b sky b. >> i think there's something like 3,870 names and first and second names in the database. >> we were unable to spread the inquiry further with news international because of their refusal to cooperate more broadly. >> murdoch is scheduled to testify to parliament next tuesday. he shut down his tabloid, the "news of the world" last week amid allegations it hacked people's cell phones, seeking information for stories that would then appear in the paper. >>> today congress will discuss new rules for phone companies that would block extra fees from being tacked on to your monthly bill. it's called phone cramming. it's been targeting land line users for years. now, though, it's affecting cell phone users as well. the practice adds fees for services phone users never agreed to nor authorized or it cost americans millions every year. the fcc wants to require phone companies to tell customers how to block the charges and require them to s
of that phone hacking scandal in britain. the british house of commons reportedly will call on rupert murdoch's news corporation to withdraw its bid to take over broadcaster b sky b. murdoch is expected to testify to parliament tuesday. he shut down his tabloid "news of the world" last week amid allegations it hacked people's cell phones seeking information for stories that would appear in the paper. >>> florida investigators looking into a witness tampering allegation in the casey anthony trial. the orange county sheriff would not say which witness, though. meanwhile, prosecutors decided against charging casey anthony's mother are perjury. cindy anthony initially told police she did not search for chloroform on the family computer, but at the trial she said she did. the jury found casey anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. she is to be released from jail on sunday. >>> 5:36 is your time right now. coming [ kimberly ] when i was 19, i found myself alone with two children and no way to support them. people told me i wasn't going to do anything. and i just decided i h
% of support. >>> the phone hacking scandal that has shut down one of britain's oldest tabloids is spreading to two more of rupert murdoch's papers. the bbc is reporting the sunday times and the sun hacked personal banking records of former prime minister gordon brown and the medical records of one of brown's sons who has cystic fibrosis. two london newspapers are also reporting that the "news of the world" paid royal family bodyguards for personal details about the queen and other royal family members. "the guardian" reports the royals have also warned their cell phones may have been targeted. >>> right now wikileaks editor in chief julian assange is in court appealing extradition to sweden to face questioning on sex charges. this is assange arriving in court this morning. the 39-year-old australian is accused of sexually assaulting two women. assange denies those allegations. many of his supporters say it's all a conspiracy to keep him and wikileaks from exposing any more government secrets. >>> tickets to visit the 9/11 memorial opening in new york are already gone for the first week. onl
. it is the latest fallout from the phone hacking scandal involving his papers in britain. murdoch also denies his company's "sun" newspaper illegally obtained former prime minister gordon brown's son's health records. scotland yard investigators say there may be as many as 4,000 victims in the hacking scandals done by murdoch's papers. >> i think it's something like 3,778 names, first and second names in the database. >> we were unable to spread the inquiry further with news international because of their refusal to cooperate more broadly. >> actor hugh grant was one of the targets in the phone hacking scandal. he talked about the latest backlash toward murdoch this morning on the "today" show. >> he had the power through his papers to get them elected and his paper knew, you know, dirty details about details about individual mps, so they were unwilling to take him on. up until three weeks ago, all politicians in our country were sucking up to rupert murdoch and drinking champagne on his lawn in the summer country. so it's kind of comical that the today they're all competing to say he's a terribl
to an arrest. >>> new this morning scotland yard made another arrest in britain's phone hacking scandal. at the same time some members of congress are now calling for an investigation here in the u.s. the move comes after journalists from the now defunct tabloid paper "news of the world" reportedly contacted a new york city policeman to try to get private phone records of british citizens who died in the world trade center. former british prime minister gordon brown says other newspapers owned by rupert murdoch and news corp took part in the hacking scandal. >>> the girlfriend of one of the country's most notorious mobsters now says that she knew nothing about his violent past. catherine greig is behind bars accused of harboring a fugitive. fbi agents arrested her along with james "whitey" bulger near los angeles. prosecutors say that bulger used to head boston's notorious winter hill gang and committed more than a dozen murders to eliminate rivals or potential witnesses. greig left with him and disappeared in 1995. >>> a missing persons search group wants their money back for time and
of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. >>> and we need aboat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. >>> also this morning matt, it was a deadly crash that made national headlines. a woman who police say was drunk and high killed herself, her daughter, thre
wedding in britain? the queen's eldest granddaughter is getting married this weekend in what will probably be a more down to earth affair. the latest on that ceremony from scotland coming up. >>> are you ready to return to the '80s? >> i still live in the '80s. >> we're really going to take you back because we have one of the most popular bands of all time standing by for a big summer concert. >> journey out on the plaza. they're going to be performing on what is a stage that is still drying out from overnight rain. we're happy about that. see them in our 8:30 half hour. >>> let's begin with the debt ceiling crisis in washington. kelly o'donnell has been covering this story. she's got the latest this morning. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, ann. from delayed to potentially derailed, is that where we are this morning? hours and hours went by overnight when house speaker john boehner and his leadership team were trying to get a handful of their own members to go along, to come together on a solution to raise the debt ceiling and to cut spending. but they are nowhere. so now we know tha
? >> you know what, it's a big thing for me, especially when i put that vest on. have the great britain supporters behind me. i'm excited. >> reporter: less than an hour away the american invasion has already begun. the white water center, home of the kayak and canoe event. when you look at this course and think a year out, what fires you up? >> i love this course. it's big white water, americans historically are good at white water. >> reporter: to test the waters and put one of the lead appreciated works to ourselves, brent kyle invited a novice on board. your best advice is what? >> the less you do, the better we are. >> the less i do the better we are? >> yes. >> appreciate that vote of confidence. come on! oh, boy! oh! oh, boy. the real celebrations are still to come in a city that embraces the majesty of the old and the excitement of the new. >> we will do it in a way that we believe is spectacular and it will be spectacular. it's going to be great for the world to watch. it's going to be great for our children to watch. it's going to be exciting. ♪ >> reporter: that white water
you so much. we'll get the rest of your forecast in a bit. >>> for now, to britain's deepening phone hacking scandal. this morning there are claims that journalists from other rupert murdoch's other papers were involve and the alleged target is former p.m. gordon brown. stephanie goss is in london with this. stephanie, good morning. >> good morning, ann. gordon brown does not mince his words when he spoke to the bbc this morning about rupert murdoch's papers me said those papers used people to gather information on known criminals. the allegations appearing in the british press over the last 24 hours claiming that brown's personal information has been relentlessly pursued for the last decade. a scandal that started with just one of rupert murdoch's tabloids is spreading. now two more of the media mogae gu mogul's newspapers "the sun" and "the tusun times." an adviser to gordon brown said in 2006, the editor on "the sun" paper and "news of the world" contacted the browns saying that they knew their newborn son had cystic fibrosis and it was going to print the story. gordon brown spoke
that murdoch chose to save her rather than one of britain's oldest newspapers. at age 80, murdoch's once bulletproof reputation has been shaken. >> the reports that this is the end of murdoch or this is the death of murdoch in a business sense are probably overstated. but it does give one pause to see a scandal of this proportion really spiral out of control. >> reporter: hacking the phones of celebrities and politicians was one thing. but harvesting the grieving voicemails of ordinary people dealing with tragedy triggered an explosion of revulsion that could not be contained. with advertisers abandoning the paper, its closing will put some 200 employees out of work and there are publish reports today that there are more arrests coming, perhaps within days, several investigations now under way. >> nbc's mike taibbi, thanks so much, mike. 7:13. once again here's david. >>> ann, thanks. it is likely to be the number one issue in the 2012 presidential election as we've been talking about it, it is the economy and the struggling job market. both president obama and the republican contenders
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